The People Speak—and they’re not very happy

Poll Dance : Crisis in Ottawa


Here’s a summary of the latest polling data related to the crisis in Ottawa.

An Ipsos Reid poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday night shows:

– 72 per cent of Canadians are truly scared for the future of the country

– 62 per cent are angry with the opposition coalition’s attempt to take power from the Conservatives

– 60 per cent of Canadians oppose the newly formed coalition. Just 37 per cent support it

– 46 per cent of decided voters would support the Tories if an election were held today

– 23 per cent would support the Liberals

A new Strategic Counsel poll confirms that Canadians are feeling anxious about the country’s future. According to their survey, conducted on Wednesday, 55 per cent of respondents think Canada’s on the wrong track, while just 33 per cent think we’re headed in the right direction.

– 47 per cent of Canadians say Harper “can no longer be trusted to lead the government,” while 51 per cent think he can be trusted

– 45 per cent blame the Tories for the political crisis

– 40 per cent blame the opposition

– 45 per cent would vote Conservative if an election was held today (but just 18 per cent in Quebec)

– 24 per cent would vote Liberal

– 37 per cent supporte the coalition, while 58 per cent oppose it

According to numbers from COMPAS Research, by a more than a two-to-one margin, Canadians would rather hold another election than see the Gov. Gen. hand over the reigns to a Stéphane Dion-led coalition. What’s more, it seems that Stephen Harper could handily win a majority if an election were held today. According to COMPAS, Harper would get 50 per cent of votes nationwide (53 per cent in Ontario), compared to just 20 per cent for the Liberals and 10 per cent for the NDP.

– 66 per cent of Canadians oppose the Bloc having a say in who forms government

– 48 per cent support Harper as Prime Minister given the current economic climate, compared to 14 per cent for Michael Ignatieff, in second place (Stéphane Dion came fourth behind Jack Layton, with 8 per cent)

– 58 per cent believe the opposition parties’ motivation to form a coalition was a power grab

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